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America’s Most Popular National Parks | Lifestyles



About 237 million people visited U.S. national parks in 2020, a 28% year-over-year decrease attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. To determine the most popular national parks in the United States, Stacker compiled data from the National Park Service on the number of recreational visits to each site in 2020.

President Woodrow Wilson signed into law in 1916 creating the National Park Service to leave natural and historical phenomena “untouched for the enjoyment of future generations.” Since then, our national parks have welcomed visitors from all over the world to experience some of the best the country has to offer and showcase the country’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Today, the country’s 63 national parks contain at least 247 endangered or threatened species of plants and animals, more than 75,000 archaeological sites and 18,000 miles of trails.

Read on to check out America’s 50 Most Popular National Parks, in reverse order from # 50 to # 1. And be sure to check with individual parks before you visit for precautions. ongoing security related to the pandemic at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

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